What would you call it if you took a food and cooked it in melted sugar and butter so that it came out in clumps? Praline? Brittle? Well, without the “health halo,” that’s what most granola bars and granola cereals are. Candy. Nothing wrong with candy – but let’s call it like it is.
But if you make it yourself with a little less sugar and a lot less fat – and use it sparingly as a topping, it’s not so bad. We love granola in a homemade yogurt parfait – it’s easy to make, all you need is to rummage around in your pantry and fridge a bit and then break out your skillet.
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup salted roasted pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 tbsp whole flaxseed
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp vegetable oil (tip – save the spoon you use to measure the oil to measure your honey – it will slip right out.)
First, we put our large cast iron skillet on high heat and poured in the oil. Once the bottom was well-coated, we poured out the excess (we wound up actually using about 1 1/2 tsp – about half – but getting a really good coating of oil is critical to the success of this recipe.)
Once we saw signs that the oats were heated through, we added the ingredients in order of most dense to least dense, stirring for a few minutes between each addition: first pumpkin seeds, then almonds, then after a few minutes, the seeds all together. When the seeds started popping, (don’t poke an eye out, be careful!) we turned down the heat to low and drizzled the honey over everything, stirring to make sure all the granola was well-coated. We took it off the heat and kept stirring until it was cool enough to leave without danger of burning.
1 1/2 – 2 cups lowfat yogurt
1-2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup blueberries
1/4 cup raspberries
3 clementines, peeled and sectioned
1 recipe Skillet Granola
4 clear glasses
Mix your yogurt and syrup together in a bowl. This part is open to personal taste and interpretation – we used the full 2 tbsp of maple syrup, but while Sparky preferred it that way – I’d have liked it better with more tang and less sweet, but it’s your choice.